A new tool for subjective assessment of hearing aid performance: Analyses of Interpersonal Communication
The performance of two different adaptive beamformer approaches in environments close to reality were investigated. They were subjectively evaluated via questionnaires and focus group discussions. Additionally, a new tool was tested, to assess how well video analyses with external rating of subjects’ communication behavior, related to the grounded theory approach, generate new measures to describe the communication behavior using the different hearing aid algorithms. With this methodology, the results show different behavior of the participants between the algorithms in loud environments only. The new assessment tool was found to be a valuable method for obtaining a deeper insight into subjects’ behavior and a new promising outcome tool for audiology.
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